2 police officers injured, patrol cars damaged in car chase

TEHACHAPI, Calif. -  

Two Tehachapi police cars were intentionally damaged during a car chase with a parolee and the officers driving them suffered minor injuries on Friday evening.

On Friday, Nov. 9, at 4:32 p.m., a Tehachapi police officer tried to make a traffic stop in the area of Charles Rd and Adelante Rd, just outside the Tehachapi city limits.

The police officer had recognized the vehicle and driver from an incident earlier in the week and knew the driver had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Instead of stopping, the driver sped off eastbound on Highline Blvd and continued throughout the Tehachapi area.

At about 4:48 p.m., officers from the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit at the request of the Tehachapi Police Department.

At about 5:03 p.m., after driving for several minutes on two flat tires, the suspect vehicle finally became stuck in a dirt field near the intersection of Dennison Road and Valley Blvd.

After initially refusing to comply with officers, the suspect was taken into custody by officers from the Mojave office of the California Highway Patrol.

During the pursuit, the driver intentionally struck and damaged two Tehachapi police cars on Tucker Rd between Cherry Ln and Valley Blvd.

The officers driving each of those cars sustained minor injuries and were treated and released from Tehachapi Hospital. The injured officers are Sergeant Keven Empey and Senior Officer Scott Ketcham.

The arrestee, Adrian Pohl, 40, is currently on parole. Investigation by the CHP is continuing. Pohl will likely be facing charges of felony assault on an officer, felony evading, and driving with a suspended license in addition to his two outstanding warrants.


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